Kings rally, beat Sharks in overtime

Alex Kinkopf  - | Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 2:18 AM

LOS ANGELES, CA – They were down early, they were down three separate times, but they found a way to take down the NHL’s best team tonight at STAPLES Center. The Kings handed the San Jose Sharks just their third loss this season when Anze Kopitar rocketed a beauty of a shot from the top of the point past Antti Niemi with 2:28 remaining in Overtime.

The Kings are now 11-0-1 against the San Jose Sharks at STAPLES Center in their last 12 meetings in Downtown Los Angeles.

This was a toe-to-toe battle from start to finish, as each club traded goals in the first three minutes of the contest. San Jose led the Kings by one goal on three separate occasions, but the Kings had answers each and every time.

After San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic beat Jonathan Quick just :13 seconds into the contest, the Kings pushed the restart button – and evened the score just two minutes later, as Drew Doughty buried a beautiful snap-shot to record his fourth goal of the season.

The Kings entered both the second period (2-1) and third period (3-2) down by a goal, but managed to even the score by the end of each frame.

Down 2-1 to start the second period, Slava Voynov took a pass from Dustin Brown and put his weight into a one-timer shot, which Jarret Stoll redirected past Antti Niemi to even the slate at two goals apiece. Down 3-2 to start the third period, the Kings evened the score on the power play, as Anze Kopitar fed Justin Williams a gorgeous back-door pass, which Williams stuck to the top right corner.

The Kings found themselves tied after 60 minutes of play once again. They’ve been perfect after regulation time this season, and they remained true to that trend tonight.

Less than a minute into Overtime, Jeff Carter drew a hooking penalty on San Jose’s Justin Braun. The Kings’ power play, which struggled throughout much of tonight’s contest, came alive once again – and at a time they needed it most.

Anze Kopitar, who has been shy to pull the trigger at times this season, let an absolute howitzer go from the point without hesitation or second thought – and boy, was it a beautiful thing.

When you put the puck on net, good things happen.

The Kings are now 6-0 after 60 minutes. (4-0 Shootout) (2-0 Overtime)

EXTRA TIME ANZE: Anze Kopitar scored his third career regular season OT goal tonight, his last one came on December 4th, 2010 against the Detroit Red Wings. Kopitar also has three shootout goals this season, and all of them have been the winning tally. Kopitar also has eight points (2G, 6A) in his previous six contests.

POINTS PACE: Drew Doughty, with a goal and an assist tonight, now has six points (3G, 3A) in his last six games. Justin Williams, who also had a goal and an assist tonight, now has eight points (3G, 5A) in his last six games. Mike Richards, who has two assists tonight, now has five points in his previous five games (2G, 3A).

NICE LOOK: The Kings are 8-3-0 in their last 11 games, picking up 16 points out of the 22 that were available for the taking. The Kings are undefeated this season when any player on the roster records a multi-point game. The Kings have outshot their opponent in 12 of 14 contests this season.

DOMINATION STATION: The Kings dominated San Jose in a couple of statistical categories tonight, landing 46 hits compared to San Jose’s 21, winning 39 of 52 face-offs.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:13SJS Marc-Edouard Vlasic (3) ASST: Logan Couture (9), Tyler Kennedy (4) 1 - 0 SJS
02:32LAK Drew Doughty (4) ASST: Justin Williams (5) 1 - 1 Tie
11:27SJS Joe Pavelski (5) ASST: Tommy Wingels (6) 2 - 1 SJS
2nd Period
03:15LAK Jarret Stoll (2) ASST: Slava Voynov (2), Dustin Brown (4) 2 - 2 Tie
18:04SJS PPG - Logan Couture (7) ASST: Patrick Marleau (7), Jason Demers (7) 3 - 2 SJS
3rd Period
12:21LAK PPG - Justin Williams (5) ASST: Anze Kopitar (11), Mike Richards (7) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
02:32LAK PPG - Anze Kopitar (2) ASST: Drew Doughty (3), Mike Richards (8) 4 - 3 LAK
Three Stars of the Game
Justin Williams
Justin Williams
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 17:54
Logan Couture
Logan Couture
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:21
Jarret Stoll
Jarret Stoll
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:35
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:04SJS Matt Irwin  Interference against  Colin Fraser
12:11LAK Kyle Clifford  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
12:11SJS Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Clifford
13:21SJS Joe Pavelski  Hooking against  Justin Williams
14:13LAK Justin Williams  Slashing against  Logan Couture
18:18LAK Willie Mitchell  Interference against  James Sheppard
2nd Period
13:39SJS James Sheppard  Too many men/ice - bench
17:22LAK Kyle Clifford  Interference on goalkeeper against  Antti Niemi
3rd Period
04:36SJS Tommy Wingels  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jonathan Quick
12:00SJS James Sheppard  Too many men/ice - bench
14:30LAK Daniel Carcillo  Boarding against  Logan Couture
OT Period
00:53SJS Justin Braun  Hooking against  Jeff Carter
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/42/6
Faceoff Wins2339
Blocked Shots177
Penalty Minutes1713
5J. DemersD0100017:24
7B. StuartD00-20021:52
8J. PavelskiC1012219:02
9M. HavlatR0010014:01
10A. DesjardinsL00-12011:37
12P. MarleauL0103017:38
15J. SheppardC0000013:19
18M. BrownR00-1258:02
19J. ThorntonC0002017:35
27S. HannanD00-10022:23
39L. CoutureC1101019:21
43J. McCarthyC00-11012:16
44M. VlasicD1021021:52
48T. HertlC0002016:26
52M. IrwinD00-10215:07
57T. WingelsC0111215:52
61J. BraunD0023223:27
81T. KennedyC0100013:02
31A. Niemi1923.82662:24
2M. GreeneD0000017:45
6J. MuzzinD0000019:23
8D. DoughtyD1102026:02
10M. RichardsC02-13022:48
11A. KopitarC1104023:24
13K. CliffordL0011710:04
14J. WilliamsR1103217:54
17D. CarcilloL0000211:28
21M. FrattinR000007:24
22T. LewisC00-11014:32
23D. BrownR0113015:51
24C. FraserC000005:53
26S. VoynovD0101018:45
28J. StollC1011014:35
33W. MitchellD0001218:34
44R. RegehrD0001017:57
74D. KingL0000018:05
77J. CarterC00-12023:02
32J. Quick1720.85062:32